Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Moving ➟➟➟

Hello everyone!

It's been a very long time and this is because I am starting a new project, on a new website! 

Rien de Rien is the new name of my new concept. It's basically my dream magazine online, that I'm letting you discover bit by bit every week. If you like the idea click the URL and become a new follower. ☺ Each month is a new theme for a new issue. So as you can see there is a lot of 'new'! 


- S.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

RiObsession ❦

So as I've mentioned in one of my previous post, I've commenced an addiction for this year's World Cup and Brazil. Today, I shall ramble on about this obsession, again, but also unveil the mystery of what to wear in these amazon lands...

Flashin' back to Rio's 2014 Fashion Week

What do you first think about when you hear the famous name 'Rio de Janeiro'? I see a colourful crowd pouring down the streets, like a cascade of paint. I hear the rhythmic and joyful music, accompanied with laughter. Women are dancing, lights are turning, the world is spinning, as this huge event takes place. 

Well, in the fashion week, you'll find a glint of those colours - a calmer version of the festive day. 

Obviously, what is Rio without a bathing suit catwalk? Lenny Niemeyer shows us, with her catwalk, a smoother version of Rio: A white flow with a delicate explosion of purple, resembling an orchid. 
In Triya's collection for Summer 2015, we have a flashier version. One that reminds us more about the dreamy, but humongousourus Carnaval. The dark makeup keeping the eyes very discrete contrast completely with the thready bathing, which has colours varying form the fruitiest purples; going through the harshest red, and ending with the brightest yellow.

What do I wear?

These catwalks are screaming to us what to wear during a hot summer day. What are they screaming so loudly? NO BLACK. That's right. It shall be tough for many of us, as members of the Black Clothes Addiction. But with the beautiful range of colours we can find in store, this season, our problems will be quickly solved. 
Left to right dresses: Kate Moss for Topshop, Fruity Dress, Hydeia Dress, Boho Maxi Dress, Paisley Print Maxi Dress [sold out]  

Adidas has made a tropical floral print which works perfectly for a voyage in Brazil. 
If you're not the type to wear sportswear, opt for a boho chic look! Maxi dresses with a cool retro print will give a relaxed, but nevertheless elegant look.
Before you leave, don't forget to throw in a pair of those famous brazilian flip-flops, Havaianas!Or pretty sandals; Check out Vic's collection!

So which side are you taking? Boho Chic? Or Sporty Lux?

- S.

Friday, 20 June 2014

✧✧ My Empties ✧✧

I've spotted this kind of post numerously on my dashboard. I had to wait a little while, though, since I haven't completely emptied all of my products. To tell you the bitter truth, some of the products I'm presenting you are half full (See? I'm being optimistic). But I've had them for long enough to tell you, whether you should quickly add it to your cart, or throw it in the bin.


I think the essential, the key, the heart to makeup is making your skin look flawless. I, personally, don't have a lot of blemishes to cover up, so I opt for a light, airy, tinted cream, also known as BB Cream. I spread it lightly and equally around my face once, then go over those cruel little flaws once more. I've tried out two of these creams and both are great products (but one is a little more greater than the other). 
BB Creams are really useful, since they will give you some coverage, but let your skin breathe, too. (If you've got really bad skin, I'd advise you to go for a thicker foundation, though!)

Garnier - This foundation is for oily skin (mine). It is very fluid, which can be a little tricky to deal with when opening. Nevertheless, it is easy and quick to apply. You just need to buy it in the correct skin colour and it will adapt perfectly, and give you a healthy glow! Plus the pricing is reasonable. I completely recommend it! 
Rating: 10/10

Nivea - The Nivea Day Dream I have is for dry skin, so it's much more compact than Garnier's one. My skin is a little weird; It shifts from oily-McDonald's style to Sahara-dry on random days, hence the rebound BB Cream for dry skin. I find their lightest colour, in their selection, a little too dark. This foundation isn't a perfect match for my skin so I use it much less.
Rating: 7/10


I've only started wearing eyeliner this year, therefore I've been testing the grounds a little. I tried out notably two, which were very different from each other but didn't quite reach the perfection I was aiming for.

Left: Seventeen Right: Rimmel
Seventeen - This is the first one I ever tried out. I've written my first impressions about it in this post. I've really enjoyed using this product, even though it had a couple of flaws. For example, during the day, the eyeliner fades a little and falls apart. On the plus side, the tip stays hard and makes it easier to apply. I got this in a Christmas deal, so it was cheaper than usual, but the price is still quite low on its own. 
Rating: 7.5/10

Rimmel - It is the complete opposite from Seventeen's eyeliner. On one hand, the eyeliner remains perfect all day and stays pitch black. On the other hand, the tip softens more and more as you use it, which makes it a living Hell when applying. It is a little more expensive than the first one, but the portion is a little bigger.
Rating- 7.5/10


I've had many mascaras, but there is only one that stole the spotlight and that's worth writing about.

Rimmel - I chose the waterproof one, which has a higher price than the normal ones. Honestly, I recommend you take the normal ones, since I'm not convinced, that the waterproof-ness actually works. Furthermore, this mascara lengthens and slightly thickens the base of your eyelashes, giving you an adorable Bambi eye. I recommend this product!
Rating: 9.5/10

Nail Polish

I've got trillions of nail polishes, and most of them I've only wore once! At first, I wasn't counting on including a nail polish in this post, but this one is irresistible!

Ciate Boudoir - It isn't the sort of flashy, vulgar red that is referred to in Steinbeck's Of Mice & Men. It's a cherry, summertime and joyful red. The fruity kind that cheers up an ensemble. After two layers, your hands will have a clean finished look for a fresh summer day. I'm not sure about the price, since I got it in the Christmas Calendar in a smaller version. I'm not even close to finishing it, but I'm absolutely in love with the colour!
Rating: 10/10 

Here are the empties I have, that were worth talking about. 
Have you tried any of the products above? What did you think about it?

- S.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

When Fashion Meets Football

A couple of days ago, the first match of the Football World Cup 2014: Brazil vs. Croatia. This game sounded promising. Indeed, it was, with all its tremendous stumbling, tumbling, & fumbling! And the referee's queer choices at some points in the game (even though I was cheering for Brazil, I still believe that a referee must stay true to the game and not give any advantages to any team).

The whole world has been bubbling in excitement for the World Cup. That is including Fashion, too. From fun sketches to an awesome mini-collection, we've seen it all!

1- The Football World Cup 2014 Dress

Featuring in Sepp's latest Football Fashion issue is model Aline Weber, rocking a jersey dress dedicated to this year's World Cup by Versace. The footballs decorating the jersey dress with '2014' clearly scripted onto it, in bold numbers, define this item as the perfect combination of fashion & football. The garment is also pleasant to look at with its typically tropical, brazilian, graphic design. The kaleidoscopic style, combined with the flamboyant yellow, delivers a cheerful attitude to this fine piece of work. 

Donatella Versace has designed other clothes in this genre for this mini-collection. 
I find the cover picture of the magazine, shot by Markus Pritzi, is making a statement: You can be fashionable, but love football nevertheless (which is also what the editor in chief of Sepp, Markus Ebner, had in mind by starting this magazine).

2- Karl's sketching

Out of all the people in this world, Karl Lagerfeld has also taken interest in this international sport event. Karl playing football, Unknown Man crowned with a traditional leaf crown, and Giselle Bundchen rocking the brazilian footballer uniform. These sometimes light-hearted, sometimes very representative-of-culture sketches, drawn by a legendary designer, show again the harmony that has been created between this noble sport and glamourous business.

I'll be following each step of the World Cup and will be rooting for Germany. I've started to develope a little obsession... Oops!

Who are you for?

- S.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

School during Summer ☼

[Secret dimple, right there!]
I believe that there is nothing worst than school in hot summer: Being stuck in a stuffy, sweaty room is not my cup of tea. In my case, we don't have uniforms, but that does not mean we are allowed to turn up in mini skirts and flip-flops. No. Quite the opposite actually. For the girls, our bottom garment must be at least knee-length if a few inches shorter, you must put tights. 

Even though summer in London isn't hardcore like in New York, in other words dangerously humid and high temperatures, it is still hard to dress properly (school-wise & weather-wise). I came up with a few outfits with the lowest price possible, and concentrated on the 'total look blanc', which is uber trendy and uber practical for the season.

The Chic - Sloppy boyfriend jeans, platform sneakers, and a strassed tee to give some peps to your outfit. The addition is simple, but to keep a chic street style image, throw on a white blazer (Zara has a very cute selection for these) and gift yourself with a cool pair of shades (Cat-eyed Celines are by far my favourite, this year! [Don't own a pair, but they're smacking]). Smooth leather backpacks  are everywhere this summer, too, and Topshop's summer collection has a few.

The Posh - This look is great for work but a tad too formal for school. The base of the oufit is a simple white dress. To give it that elegant look, you must dress it up with accessories. This season, I am loving bold necklaces and especially the genre I chose in the outfit, above. Clutches with a metallic reflection modernise the ensemble, too. For the shoes white/nude stilettos are great - But not for school: Go for a chic pair of loafers, or comfy flats. The picture shows the famous Valentino it-shoes. I couldn't resist! They're just too fab!

The Cool - It's relaxed but complex. A jumper for summer? I believe it's fine as long as it's a very light material. Don't go for polyester, though; Synthetic fabrics are always warmer. Side note: I just discovered the new Kenzo tops, which are completely rad (especially this eye). This latter would be great to pair up with a pair of folded skorts! I've been dreading for one of these. This whole outfit would be finished with chunky white shoes. This edgy style has been very popular this year! An optional pair of socks? Sure, but it's summer, so choose wisely. To really complete the look, I've spotted this magnetising white clutch in Zara, which is too cool, too cute - too coote!

Tip: To get accepted into the school, choose a nude pair of tights. Yes, indeed, there is no logic, since they are see-through. But as long you've got the tights, you've got accessibility.

Why choose white?
  • It won't grill you like wurst on a barbecue 
  • It goes with any type of skin (darker pigmentation  a nice glow ; lighter pigmentation  a smooth, soft porcelain skin)
  • It's cool... In both ways! (Excuse the pun)

- S.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Get the Look: Rihanna in Dior

Pretty in pink, Rihanna! 
A couple of days ago, Rihanna was seen at the Dior Cruise 2015 dressed in a "pretty in pink" outfit. She literally stole the spotlight - Everyone was focused on her beauty! (The show was quite amazing, too).

Personally, I had an enormous, gigantic coup de coeur for this look. I found a way to 'reproduce' it in cheaper (Ay! Not everyone can afford a head-to-toe Dior outfit). The prices of the following objects are reasonable, and the quality isn't too poor.

  • Bubble Gum Dress from Zara: Not only does it resemble to Rihanna's, but it's got this totally adorable, sweet colour! And to make it even cuter, there are little bows in the dos nu..! This mid-thigh long dress is also at a very affordable price: £48!
  • Metallic Stilettos from Kurt Geiger: I know what you're thinking: Kurt Geiger? Really? Is that the cheapest you could find, Sassy? In my defence, these bad girls have a kick-ass, strappy design, which makes them look unique. Plus, not only are they on sale, but at least you're sure that they'll be very good quality.
  • Abstract Bag from River Island: Rihanna had a more blotches-everywhere bag, spotted with a few gentle colours. A cheaper version of her bag was impossible to find, so to get the look you must go for any abstract designs - But not too flashy! River Island's panel satchel matched her design quite well. I'd, personally, wear it without the shoulder strap and keep in my hand.
  • Quirky Jewellery: Each piece is from a different brand. Rihanna managed very well to dress up her very plain dress with weird (in the good way), bold jewellery. You can take your jewellery in gold or silver, whichever suits you the best, but stick to only one of them. Mixing gold and silver can make the ensemble look awkward.
  • Gettin' Pretty: Finally the last step: Keep your eyes in the shades of nude (make those eyelashes long) & give your lips a nice glamorous Marilyn Monroe shine. You can use whichever lipstick you want, or do it Monroe's way: Layer 7 rich rouges onto another! For the hair: Pin it high up and let it fall like a cascade - Barbie style! 

Now that you look like a glammed up doll, you can go rock those events the way Rihanna did it! Something interesting to do is change the outfit a little, so it matches your personality, too!

- S.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Exploring Vietnam

Knowing what to wear in Vietnam can be quite tricky. You have to respect a few elements, and yet be comfortable. The air can get very heavy in humidity, and admiring breath-taking landscapes as you're dripping in sweat isn't always the best thing. Therefore, your outfit is crucial for the adventure.

1- Flower Power

During this trip, you might have to go a lil' hippy; You'll need light trousers. Very light fluttery printed trousers. A majority of the population is still a bit rusty about the rule "Don't show your knees." and as a visitor of their country you must respect their culture. Or you will be victim of many scornful glares.  

I've never never been happier in my hippy pants!
The perfect thing to do is bring maxi dresses/skirts, shorts (wear your shorter garment when you're more isolated, not in a big city) and wait to be in Vietnam to buy these awesome bottoms. The price varies from 60.000 to 200.000 dongs (= $3 to $10) so choose your store wisely. Go for the street shops rather than the actual ones! 

Obviously, you don't have to wear the same thing everyday, but these trousers are very useful and perfect for this particular environment. Plus if you're a pant-lover like me, they're the perfect choice for you!

2- The shoe that fits

If you want, bring sandals for a short stroll or flip-flops for a rest at the swimming pool, but if you're trip is going to be as 'hikey' as mine was: Don't. The rain season is nearing so the paths get very muddy. Be sure to bring a pair of old trainers that you don't care about. Unfortunately, I brought my brand new pair of Nike Air and they literally got destroyed by the mud. But I think they are mud-proof or very resistant to hardcore grounds because after a few washes they looked brand new again! True story.

3- Blend in with nature

Wearing the classic local headwear for biking

When it come to makeup, keep it as simple as possible. For example, I'd only put some BB Cream (she's a real saviour) and mascara. Honestly, let nature do its miracles on your skin! Let it drip in sweat, let the toxins out - and wash it thouroughly afterwards!

So those are my big three tips for exploring the pitoresque world of Vietnam!

- S.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

High School Fashion Show 유

A few weeks ago, our high school's fashion show took place. Groups varying from 1 to 6 people had to each present their theme with the outfits they had designed. My group's theme was 'Futuristic Queens' and we had four outfits. My friend prepared an interview for me about the show.

Why choose the theme 'Futuristic Queens'? 

I wanted to be sure to not fall in the category of the "Classics". I also wanted my outfits to come from my imagination - I wanted to invent them from scratch. Obviously, I got inspired by other grand designers, but I stuck to being myself at the same time. 

Tell me about all your outfits - How did you make them? What's their 'history'? etc.

The one we called 'Onyx' is a total look noir, apart from the few dashes of gold to stay loyal to our theme of royalty. For this particular dress, I was inspired by what Poppy Delevingne was wearing to a charity event - A parachute dress! It's basically a very drape-y dress that is fills itself with air when walking. It has this Darth-Vader-effect to it that I love, too. I actually made this dress from scratch, and it's the first one I've ever made! For the beauty section, we got inspired by the very futuristic makeup in the Hunger Games II.

'Io' was inspired by the film avatar and my favourite catwalk by Alexander McQueen (S/S 2010). This one was a cacophony of colours. No black involved in this outfit. Ultramarine on the lips. Teal, prussian blue, turquoise, mint green, some purple, and a dash of vibrant red on the dress. The shoes had a delicate velvet blue touch to the outfit. We painted the thrifted dress in a very symetrical way, but with irregular forms to give it a less geometrical aspect. Not forgetting our theme of royalty, we ornated the ankles and wrists with golden roses. It was a subtle reference to the famous golden "fleur de lys du roi de France".

Our third one was 'Dia'. At first we wanted to represent a sort of 'Diamond Queen'. Sadly, we didn't find the iridiscent shades of fabric we were looking for in the skirt. Her crown simply consisted of a clear diamond in the middle of her forehead, looking like a droplet. For this one, we concentrated more on the makeup section. With a Lush wonder, we scrubbed Dia's skin with it to give it a hydrated glittery glow. We also stuck these facial stickers for a modern touch. 

Finally, 'Sky', the outfit I was wearing (not necessarly my favourite one). At first we were aiming a metallic grey dress mixed with bordered blue neon fabrics. But it didn't work out so we changed the blue into pink and went for a cute dolly/clown look. Hence the pronounced pink cheeks (façon Effie Trinket, Hunger Games) and dotted eyeliner. I also had a geometrical cut in the back of my dress. The discs ornating my collar are for a more humorous look. My shoes have a sim card pattern on them and Hermes style wings! I tried to make everything about this outfit cute, especially with the tutu and baby crown. 

Last question; Would you do it again? 

Definitely! I'm joining again next year, maybe with a different group. I loved participating in this event even though it was quite chaotic at times or stressing! But it was worth all the pain. Especially that first dress I made... It was quite a success!

In the end, I didn't get to climb onto the podium (they only announce three groups as winners), but I'm satisfied with what I made and its final result. I'll try again next year... and the year after that!

- S.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Square of Sunshine

Did you ever buy a pair of mint Extravaganza Office loafers (so irresistibly beautiful) but didn't know what to wear it with? Well, worry no more since I've found a few tips for you!
I find these polished pair very hard to accommodate with the rest of my wardrobe. But I loved they're kawaii + intellectual look so I had to purchase them... It's quite a simple equation:

Pretty + Affordable + Comfy = Must-buy

Tip 1: When owning a pair of shoes, that you normally wouldn't go for, get inspired by the image it sends you. These shoes made me think of an elegant, casual weekend outfit. This look has to stick to your personality, so make sure to stay yourself! 

Tip 2: If you go for patterned trousers, such as above, be careful to keep your makeup fresh, simple and discrete. These type of pants give a lot of colour and details to the outfit so it's good to balance it out with a delicate mise-en-beauté. Here, I went for a rosy lipstick (SEVENTEEN!) and a thin layer of mascara.

Tip 3: Put on your shades, and you're ready to go enjoy a lovely spring day full of sunshine!

- S.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Shimmering ✯

Sorry for the little break  

A week ago, I had just enough time to go to the Zara sales which were a-ma-zing. I added two little items to my wardrobe, and this pearly pale shirt was one of them. It strongly resembles a vintage satin pyjama top (very fancy). I especially had a little coup de coeur for the print. It's so adorable! 

This shirt is quite low-necked so I found in a small antique shop, near my house, this shimmery leaf brooch to cover up in an elegant way. In the sun, this brooch reflects all sorts of colours in all sorts of directions - it's magical!

- S.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Kaleidoscope Tee ♢

Hey guys! 

In my latest and favourite purchases, I bought a kaleidoscope-patterned tee from Topshop. I've plunged back into the addiction of this particular design. It all started a few years ago with one of McQueen's last catwalks. This show has literally scarred me for life (in a nice way). 

The first time I wore it, I was at a friend's house and we took pretty cool shots with polaroids! This tee goes well with basically everything I wear since this year has been my "navy" year. Yes, I've observed that during some years I have stuck to mainly one colour. Weird, isn't it?

Anyways, I hope you darlings are having a great start in 2014. Mine's okay for now, I'm still feeling a bit 'nostalgic' about the past year. But with all the plans ahead of me, I'm sure everything's going to turn out better! 

- S.

Monday, 13 January 2014

☁ Southern Winter ☁

First post of 2014! Woop di woop! Happy [kind of late] New Year!
☁ ☁ 
So, today, I thought I'd show off my new long winter coat to you guys, but also make you discover the creepy-ish side of south of France ; That is during the winter. It's quite a repetitive weather, in other words: crispy blue sky, icy wind, thunderstorm, crispy blue sky, icy wind, thunderstorm... and so on. I might be sounding very negative in this post but I don't mean to.

The pictures above don't seem to show it, but sometimes I wonder why horror films aren't set in this part of the world. I think that the South of France has quite a spooky atmosphere during the winter. Especially with the row of vines that seem to be red hands ending with sharp claws, reaching out from hell. My imagination gets carried away easily, excusez-moi

I'd like to mention also the stillness of this land. No tourists and barely any inhabitant. Unlike birds, they've all migrated towards the North for the festival season.

- S.

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